Healthcare/Medical Devices

Nixon Vanderhye has been prosecuting patent applications in healthcare and medical devices, including in scanning/diagnostic technologies (e.g. MRI) and CPAP, for decades. We have an unmatched depth of knowledge in CPAP, having developed and grown our experience alongside our clients over nearly 20 years as the industry matures. Working closely with our clients as an extension of their in-house IP departments, we have a deep understanding of the technology, the state of the art, and our clients' business. Our experience is as broad as it is deep, dovetailing with our clients’ innovations in new technologies, including:

  • CPAP
  • Medical Instruments
  • MRI
  • Surgical Instruments

Whether related to masks, CPAP machines or motors, or using software to optimize the patient experience, Nixon Vanderhye has the technical background to appreciate and capture the core of our clients’ technologies. Working in conjunction with our patent professionals, Nixon Vanderhye’s in-house illustrators produce top-notch patent drawings for utility and design applications so that every important detail of the technology or design is captured in the disclosure.

Our prosecution strategies are battle-tested. Recently, several patents that we prosecuted for one of our clients in this space were challenged in numerous IPR proceedings, and 90% of the claims we procured for the client survived the IPR challenges. Our success in this instance far exceeds the number of claims that patent owners overall have seen surviving IPR challenges.

The defensive strategies that we employ for our clients are just as robust. Our team handles opinion matters in which we have helped our clients navigate through challenges presented by the patent portfolios of their competitors. We understand our clients’ competitors nearly as well as we understand our clients, allowing us to advise them on strategies to minimize the risk to their business, and avoid infringement. If necessary, we work with experienced third-party searchers to find prior art that can invalidate relevant patents.